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YSU panel OKs 3.5% tuition increase



Published: Wed, June 6, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

With trustees’ approval, undergrads to pay $130 more this fall

By Denise Dick

denise_dick@vindy.com

Youngstown

With a projected reduction of an additional $1.1 million in state funding next year, Youngstown State University undergraduate students likely will pay $130 more per semester in tuition this fall.

YSU trustees’ finance and facilities committee Tuesday approved the 3.5 percent increase, bumping undergraduate tuition from $3,726 to $3,856 per semester. The full trustee board is expected to vote on the increase next week.

For graduate students, the cost will rise from $4,955 to $5,128 per semester.

Trustee Harry Meshel cast the only dissenting vote.

Neal McNally, interim associate vice president for budget planing and analysis/treasurer, said the increase will generate about $3.3 million for YSU.

Fees for four of the six colleges also will increase.

A $100 transportation fee that had been discussed previously for implementation in the fall was deferred. That fee, which was to be levied on all students, was to fund transportation services, and a percentage would go to replace the Lincoln Avenue parking deck.

Instead, the $100-per-semester parking fee, paid by students to use on-campus parking facilities, will increase to $120 per semester.

“We did not prepare the student population for a transportation fee,” President Cynthia Anderson said.

Students who attended an April question-and-answer session with Anderson voiced concern and opposition to the proposed transportation fee, she said.

The committee also approved a $179 million operating budget for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1, a 1.3 percent decrease from the FY 2012 spending plan.

The $1.1 million loss in state funding in FY 2013 comes on the heels of a $7 million loss of state funding last year.

Ten years ago, state funding comprised about 50 percent of YSU’s general-fund budget. That’s been reduced to about 25 percent.

Gene Grilli, vice president for finance and administration, said the general fund is $2.4 million lower than last year.

The budget is based on the assumption that enrollment remains flat this fall, but some committee members urged the finance department to prepare for contingencies in case enrollment decreases again this year.

The university saw a 4 percent dip in fall 2011 enrollment, compared to fall 2010.

Grilli said the university is working to cut expenses across all areas. He listed implementation of a 2.75 percent convenience fee for credit-card transactions as an example.

That’s expected to save YSU about $250,000 annually.

In other business, committee members voted to raze the historic Peck House on Wick Avenue.

The university announced plans in 2010 to demolish the building but put those plans on hold to determine if there was another use for it.

The Peck House is a 7,660-square-foot, single-family home in the Wick Avenue Historic District and was built in 1887 for Dr. George and Emeline Peck. It’s one of six mansions remaining on Wick.

Recently, YSU considered the house as a location for the English Language Institute, but the space wasn’t right for them, said John Hyden, executive director of facilities.

A veterans group considered the building for a veterans center on campus, but to make the necessary improvements and bring the building up to code would cost between $750,000 and $1 million, he said.

Meshel said the veterans group is interested in raising the money to build a new center on the site. That would allow YSU to draw veterans to campus, he added.


Comments

1bmanresident(597 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Well, if the students have to pay more the. That means another faculty strike will soon ensue. After all, their salaries have to go up as well.

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2northsideperson(365 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

The employees won't be seeing any of this, at least not the bulk of them. Perhaps the higher-ups will get some.

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3Knightcap(699 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

This bunch of YSU trustees live on liquor and drugs. They should be drug tested. In these bad economic times how does one raise all kind of expenses on the students and pass out raises to all. Not to mention that waste over at Wick-Pollock. This crowd needs replaced ASAP.

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4sewingnut(33 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

What a surprise, another rate increase. I think any tuition/fee increases should be tied to retention/graduation rates. YSU's rate is in the 30% range.

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5getitright13(12 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

If you're going to bring up graduation rates, at least know what averages are on comparable universities. Just bringing them up is useless. 30-40% Graduation rate within 6 years, which is how graduation rates are determined is relatively average for any university in the entire United States that has a similar population to Youngstown State.

Rate increases happen EVERYWHERE in Ohio. They are happening at every major institution and all of them are operating on budget deficits. Miami in Oxford has half built buildings sprawled on their campus because of budget deficits and cuts in state funding. Ohio State, yes, THE Ohio State University has giant holes outside of their residence halls where air conditioning is meant to be installed for their upcoming transition to semesters that is not getting installed because they stopped paying their contractors.

If you have children at YSU, or are an Alumni, whoever or whatever you are, pay close attention to the services that are offered and how even in these difficult economic times with rate increases, YSU remains the lowest per credit hour four year institution in the state and offers pretty seamless services to its students. Whether they take advantage of what is offered or whether they come to the internet to complain is the prerogative, but don't bring in statistics and ideas that are unfounded and irrelevant.

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6gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

FOUR MILLION DOLLARS to rehab Wick Pollock so Anderson has somewhere to live. But concessions from every union tuition increases and general ree increase. No such thing as class warfare huh? And all the back end of a horse see is wage increases for faculty who have already taken freezes and other concessions. PLEASE VINDY LET US USE THE NEEDED WORDS TO DESCRIBE THESE PEOPLE.

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7RustOnMyBelt(114 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

College isn't for everyone. Do we want public colleges to be free like local public schools? Then we would see tax increases for everyone...levy hikes,etc. It is still affordable for those who want to advance themselves. I understand that this entire valley is depressed, but we don't want a Walmart University here either.Now THERE'S a thought! "CocaCola U".."Nike U".."Doritos University"...why not?

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8drpautot(70 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Again with an increase?I cant afford it.I'm lucky I pay 250$ a month for a sleeping room. i LIVE off those loans because the job hunt in this area is atrocious! this is a class war, because of the republican legislature cutting educational funding across the board. They are making it so only the rich can afford college, and the working class stays under their boots.is the American dream really worth my staying in debt for the rest of my life?

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9pjohn(25 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

No students at YSU pay the full price anyway. They qualify for students loans and take out the full amount possible so they can do things like mentioned above-- buy a new lemon to drive around, new laptop, rent a place, etc...

@getitright13-- what about YSU's job placement rate? internships? [low] quality of faculty? The non-applicability of the education you receive to the job market? The lack of real world experience brought into the classroom.

YSU is a glorified community college. Rise in tuition will hopefully get rid of those who shouldn't be there and deter those who come for 1-2 semesters

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10pjohn(25 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

No students at YSU pay the full price anyway. They qualify for students loans and take out the full amount possible so they can do things like mentioned above-- buy a new lemon to drive around, new laptop, rent a place, etc... What's 3.5% of $7-8k? Like $300?

@getitright13-- what about YSU's job placement rate? internships? [low] quality of faculty? The non-applicability of the education you receive to the job market? The lack of real world experience brought into the classroom.

YSU is a glorified community college. Rise in tuition will hopefully get rid of those who shouldn't be there and deter those who come for 1-2 semesters.

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11southsidedave(4780 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

It's not just YSU, all colleges are raising tuition and making capital expenditures like there is no tomorrow!

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12DwightK(1256 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

4 million to restore the Wick Pollock is an accurate figure according to reports in The Vindicator. Spring enrollment at YSU is 13,698 students. This restoration is costing $292.00 per student. So the board decided to spend money restoring Wick Pollock when they could have given each student a tuition decrease of $292.00 or they could have put that 4 million dollars toward replacing the Lincoln parking deck which all students would use.

How many students will be using Wick Pollock?

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13Guin96(40 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I agree with NoBS that it takes money to run a university and that much of the current budget problems for all public universities in Ohio is due to Kasich. However, there is much waste at YSU. They have no problem creating administrative positions which are not really needed and then paying these administrators 6 figure salaries. Then of course they need to hire assistants to help them do their new job. It's a total bureacracy. It's just disgusting. In the meantime, it's hard to get staff jobs filled and students are expected to pay more in tuition and it seems there an enless money pit to fund the Wick Ave mansion.

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14gdog4766(1495 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Why is the student body not responding to this? I mean they have become like lambs to the slaughter. YSU is saying these increases are needed due to a 1 million dollar shortfall annually. Why not take this FOUR MILLION DOLLAR grant and apply it to the general fund. Students need to start standing up for themselves. Give me the four million, I will tear down the inn, build her a heck of a house and walk away with three million in my pocket.

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15city_resident(513 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Where are people getting the "FOUR MILLION DOLLAR" figure? Did the price tag go back up to that? Because, according to this article, (http://www.vindy.com/news/2011/sep/30...) the cost was down to $2.2 million. I know that's a lot, but if the last commenter is telling the truth, it sounds like the right price. It would probably cost as much to build something new of equal quality.

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